JONES, B.A., BUCHANAN, H. and HARCOURT, D., 2017. The experiences of older adults living with an appearance altering burn injury: an exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 22 (3), pp. 364-374.
Advances in medical treatment mean more older people are living with burn injuries. However, little is known about experiences and support needs of this group. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of semi-structured interviews with 10 burn survivors aged 51–71 years identified four themes: time and adjusting to an altered appearance; living with a visible difference in the eyes of others; me, myself and I; importance of maintaining appearance. Adjusting to burns was a long process. Participants discussed feeling isolated, needing information about how ageing impacts on scars and maintaining a socially acceptable appearance. Implications for care and further research are discussed.